National Poetry Month Opening: Chris Santiago's TULA

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The English Department celebrates the opening of National Poetry Month with this poetry reading of TULA by Chris Santiago, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for poetry.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Admission:

Free and Open to the Public

Location:

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room (Room 108)

The English Department celebrates the opening of National Poetry Month with this reading by Chris Santiago, author of the poetry collection Tula, which was the winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for poetry!

Tula: a ruined Toltec capital; a Russian city known for its accordions; Tagalog for “poem.”

‌Prismatic, startling, rich with meaning yet sparely composed, Chris Santiago’s debut collection of poems begins with one word and transforms it, in a dazzling sleight of hand, into a multivalent symbol for the immigrant experience. Tula: Santiago reveals to readers a distant land devastated by war. Tula: its music beckons in rhythms, time signatures, and lullabies. Tula: can the poem, he seems to ask, build an imaginative bridge back to a family lost to geography, history, and a forgotten language?

188X290Inspired by the experiences of the second-generation immigrant who does not fully acquire the language of his parents, Tula paints the portrait of a mythic homeland that is part ghostly underworld, part unknowable paradise. Language splinters. Impossible islands form an archipelago across its landscape. A mother sings lullabies and a father works the graveyard shift in St. Paul—while in the Philippines, two dissident uncles and a grandfather send messages and telegrams from the afterlife.

Deeply ambitious, a collection that examines the shortcomings and possibilities of both language and poetry themselves, Tula announces the arrival of a major new literary talent. Books will be available for sale at this event and a book signing will shortly follow the reading.

Chris Santiago’s poems, short stories, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Pleiades, the Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and nominations for Best New Poets and others. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, he received his Ph.D. in the literature and creative writing program at the University of Southern California and is an assistant professor in the English department at the University of St. Thomas.

Parking (available for $1/hour after 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.

McNeely Parking Ramp--visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.

Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.